The South Coast Surf Carnival, now into its fourth year, attracted thousands of beachgoers to the mid-south coast of KZN, as the surf conditions cleaned up considerably on Sunday in time for the finals, and the strong wind dropped off providing glassy contestable one-metre waves.
Today sees the Pro Kitesurfing contest kicking off the exciting KZN South Coast Surf Carnival at Kelso Beach, a surf spectacle which combines a national Longboard Surfing event starting tomorrow at Scottburgh.
An elated South African surfing team collected two gold medals, two bronze and a copper while finishing fourth out of 33 nations at the 2006 ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach in California on Sunday.
Rosanne Hodge continued her good form in round three of the Open Women’s Division at the ISA World Surfing Games, progressing with ease to the Women’s Open fourth round in Huntington Beach, California.
The strength of women’s surfing in South Africa was evident at the ISA World Surfing Games in California yesterday when Rosanne Hodge (East London) and Tammy-Lee Smith (Salt Rock, KZN) both progressed through two rounds of competition, to reach the last 16 in the qualifying stream of the biennial event.
Both Tammy-Lee Smith and Rosanne Hodges, South Africa’s two women surfers participating in the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games, have emerged unscathed from their first two rounds, and will surf in their respective heats in the third round next up.
Longboard surfing entries for the fourth annual South Coast Surf Carnival presented by Jeep and The Mercury have been pouring in. The national longboarding contest takes place on 28 and 29 October at Scottburgh beach on the KZN south coast and runs in conjunction with a kitesurfing event that starts a day earlier.
The 21st ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) started at Huntington Beach in California on Sunday with Matthew Moir recording an impressive start in the men’s longboard division. South Africa’s women will see their first action later today in the California event regarded as the ‘Olympics of Surfing’.
False Bay surfers used their local knowledge to good effect by capturing five of the seven 2006-10-16titles in the first event of the 2006 Kahuna Surf Series for novices, when the final day of the event was completed in testing half-metre onshore waves at Muizenberg Corner on Saturday.
Granville West of Port Elizabeth was named captain of the 2006 SA Surfing Team at the Colours Awards evening in Cape Town Monday night.
The 2006 SA Surfing Team will leave Cape Town for the United States tomorrow (Tuesday October 10) to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games which gets under way in Huntington Beach California on Saturday October 14.
The second and final day of the Kahuna Surf Series event for novice surfers has been rescheduled to take place at Muizenberg Corner on Saturday 14 October after organisers were forced to postpone the contest last Sunday due to the tiny 30cm (1 foot) waves.